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8th Sep '17 8:16:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Also parodied in Mark Millar's comic book mini-series ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', where the real family is evil and the "hero" decides he wants to become just like them.

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* Also parodied in Mark Millar's comic book mini-series ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', where the real family is evil and the "hero" decides he wants to become just like them. They even tease the ComesGreatResponsibility aesop at the very end, only for Wesley to admit that he was just joking.
8th Sep '17 8:13:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* The story of the ''Ugly Duckling'', who in the end turns out to be a young swan.

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* The story of the ''Ugly Duckling'', ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling'', who in the end turns out to be a young swan.
17th Aug '17 3:30:06 PM JoeMerl
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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/TheSecretOfPlatform13,'' also by Creator/EvaIbbotson. The heroes are looking for a missing prince kidnapped by RichBitch Mrs. Trottle. They meet Ben, a very kind and intelligent servant boy, who's ecstatic to hear this...[[SubvertedTrope before they all realize that]] they're actually looking for Raymond, a SpoiledBrat being raised as Mrs. Trottle's son. Raymond, while quite happy to hear that he's even more special than he thought, is reluctant to leave his family unless the heroes can bribe him with more than he's already getting. [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted at the end, when a letter from Ben's (supposed) grandmother reveals that he was the kidnapped prince all along]].
1st Aug '17 4:19:07 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]], [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], and ultimately [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler: As the [[CloningBlues replica]] of the real Luke fon Fabre, Luke is essentially a "[[ChangelingTale changeling child]]" left in place of the "real" one. He [[HeroicBSOD doesn't handle it well]] and it leaves him with crippling [[HeroicSelfDeprecation self esteem issues]] all on top of the one closest to being his parent (in [[ParentalSubstitute actions]] and being responsible for his creation) being the BigBad. It's subverted when his "fake" parents accept him as their own son despite his origins; though Luke struggles to accept himself as a Fabre long into the latter parts of the game.]]
16th Jul '17 6:18:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': [[LittleMissSnarker Ruri Hoshino]], after having lived the bulk of her life as a lab experiment, discovers her real family is the CloudCuckoolander royalty of a ThemePark-like{{Ruritania}}. [[spoiler: She ultimately decides that her biological family is a bunch of useless idiots and returns to the crew of the Nadesico, who she also considers a bunch of idiots but who just happen to be the useful idiots she happens to care about.]]

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* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': [[LittleMissSnarker Ruri Hoshino]], after having lived the bulk of her life as a lab experiment, discovers her real family is the CloudCuckoolander royalty of a ThemePark-like{{Ruritania}}.{{Theme Park|s}}-like{{Ruritania}}. [[spoiler: She ultimately decides that her biological family is a bunch of useless idiots and returns to the crew of the Nadesico, who she also considers a bunch of idiots but who just happen to be the useful idiots she happens to care about.]]
28th Jun '17 5:42:31 PM Kadorhal
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Related to DoorstopBaby aka {{Foundling}}, and SeparatedAtBirth. MuggleFosterParents is a specific subtrope.

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Related to DoorstopBaby aka {{Foundling}}, and SeparatedAtBirth. MuggleFosterParents is a specific subtrope.
27th May '17 8:26:16 AM Malady
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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/904 Her Father's Daughter]]'', Linda knows her father is her father, but she seriously doubts that her sister is her sister. When she turns eighteen, she learns that her mother DiedInChildbirth, and when her father remarried, he and his new wife had agreed to raise their children like actual sisters. (But it couldn't be hidden because it was InTheBlood.)

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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/904 Her Father's Daughter]]'', ''Literature/HerFathersDaughter'': Linda knows her father is her father, but she seriously doubts that her sister is her sister. When she turns eighteen, she learns that her mother DiedInChildbirth, mother's DeathByChildbirth, and when her father remarried, he and his new wife had agreed to raise their children like actual sisters. (But it couldn't be hidden because it was InTheBlood.)



* The main charachter of ''Mio, My Mio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.

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* The main charachter character of ''Mio, My Mio'' by Creator/AstridLindgren is this. His actual father is a king in a magical land.
20th May '17 8:08:04 AM Discar
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->"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just… insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son… tick… became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be… important."

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->"When ->''"When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. They weren't bad people, they were just… just... insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name; a new life. The watchmaker's son… tick… son... tick... became a watchmaker. It is so futile. And I wanted to be… be... important.""''



* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of sorts, [[spoiler: her mother is evil, and she has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.]]
** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by his father intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well for reasons he has yet to explain.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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Agatha doesn't know that she's sole surviving heir to a dynasty of {{Mad Scientist}}s, or that her adoptive parents are their iconic assistants Punch and Judy (although she did know they were Frankenstein-esque "constructs"). She preferred her normal life. In a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of sorts, [[spoiler: her mother is evil, and she has tried to possess Agatha, practically succeeding.]]
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** Gilgamesh believed himself to be an orphan taken into the Baron's care, and spent the first years of his life at the bottom of the pecking order established by the other kids on Castle Wulfenbach. He used to imagine who his parents might have been (maybe even a lost Heterodyne!). After a couple of [[RedHerring red herrings]], he finally found out he was the heir to the Wulfenbach empire, raised in secret for his own protection. Unfortunately that revelation (and the need to keep it secret) drove a wedge between him and his friends, especially his former best friend Tarvek, a situation not helped by his father someone intercepting all of their attempted correspondence. [[spoiler:Actually, Gil gets a double dose since his mother is the amazonian Queen of the fabled hidden LadyLand of Skifander, as shown by his ability to ''throw an entire titan-class clank'' (though he did sprain his shoulder doing it) and his father believes Gil had to be kept hidden from his mother's people as well for reasons he has yet to explain.]]
9th Apr '17 9:23:07 AM nombretomado
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* The RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.

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* The RogerZelazny Creator/RogerZelazny novel ''Changeling'' has its plot built on this trope. No, it is not the TropeNamer (see ChangelingTale). It's a subversion because Pol (né Daniel) acknowledges that the family that raised him was nothing but supportive, and openly admits that his real father was a terrible man when he went off the deep end, especially after learning more in ''Madwand''.
23rd Mar '17 8:31:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* The heroine of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. There's a tinge of deconstruction, however, as Youko has to massively adjust to her new circumstances and seriously dislikes having people bow to her. Yet ultimately, massive political headaches and frequent coups are still preferable to her old life.

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* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
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The heroine of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''.''The Twelve Kingdoms''. There's a tinge of deconstruction, however, as Youko has to massively adjust to her new circumstances and seriously dislikes having people bow to her. Yet ultimately, massive political headaches and frequent coups are still preferable to her old life.



* Franchise/{{Superman}} values both his Kryptonian heritage and his foster parents. However, this perception varies from medium to medium or even from [[DependingOnTheWriter writer to writer]]. His origin doesn't fit this trope very well either way; in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he always knew he was Kryptonian due to super memory of his early years on Krypton. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis take, Superman didn't know he was Kryptonian until adulthood but it was evident long before then that he wasn't human (or at least, a normal human). In the latter version, he tends to cling to his human values and upbringing (especially in the Smallville series).

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values both his Kryptonian heritage and his foster parents. However, this perception varies from medium to medium or even from [[DependingOnTheWriter writer to writer]]. His origin doesn't fit this trope very well either way; in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he always knew he was Kryptonian due to super memory of his early years on Krypton. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis take, Superman didn't know he was Kryptonian until adulthood but it was evident long before then that he wasn't human (or at least, a normal human). In the latter version, he tends to cling to his human values and upbringing (especially in the Smallville ''Smallville'' series).



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* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta turns out, in the end, to be a prince. An unusual example in that TheReveal comes after the climax; he goes through the entire book believing himself to be a commoner. He does overhear at the beginning, though, that the man he thought was his father really found and adopted him, and he briefly fantasizes that he might be anyone, even royalty. Then he has to run away and seems to forget all about it.
** Shasta is also an unusual example in that, although he's happy enough to learn that King Lune and Prince Corin are his father and brother, he's considerably less thrilled to discover that this means he'll have to be king someday. (His brother Corin is delighted to be shoved off the throne. "Princes have all the fun!")

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* In ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta turns out, in the end, to be a prince. An unusual example in that TheReveal comes after the climax; he goes through the entire book believing himself to be a commoner. He does overhear at the beginning, though, that the man he thought was his father really found and adopted him, and he briefly fantasizes that he might be anyone, even royalty. Then he has to run away and seems to forget all about it.
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it. Shasta is also an unusual example in that, although he's happy enough to learn that King Lune and Prince Corin are his father and brother, he's considerably less thrilled to discover that this means he'll have to be king someday. (His brother Corin is delighted to be shoved off the throne. "Princes have all the fun!")


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* It's mentioned in ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' that Jess has these fantasies due to the fact he is considered so unusual compared to the rest of his town (or really, the entire town). Subverted as he's not adopted.
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